Thursday, October 11, 2007

Just LIke Riding a Bike

So last night I officially became a doctor again by spending my first night in the hospital taking care of my little charges. Fortunately, the call gods smiled on me and it was an easy night. Nothing too crazy but enough to get me back into the swing of things. The hardest part of the night was making rounds (ie. walking around the unit talking about every baby) although I tried to sit as much as possible it took longer than normal as I knew none of the babies, but with the help of my friendly ice pack Lefty and I got through it. The other hard part of the night was really very sweet but still trying. Although, I have been back to work in my part time way for months I haven't been there at night in 11 months, so for 11 months i haven't seen our night nurses and they all wanted to welcome me back and find out how i am. I almost wished I had sent an email out to the staff first as in every room we entered I got the same questions. It is nice to know that they care, but I still don't like talking about my life as a patient especially not in front of my resident. Oh well, night #1 is now done and it was just like riding a bike- a little rusty at first, but it comes back fast. Therefore, I continue on the road back.

Addendum 10/12- Or maybe not
By the time i went to bed last night I was so tired I decided to not set an alarm this morning. I always wake up at 7am, but no not this morning. This morning I slept until 9:30. I guess my body is really not used to the sleep deprivation required by my job.


Doctor David said...

What a great post! I've been following your blog on and off for months. I've been interested partly because I run the sarcoma program at Johns Hopkins and partly because I have experience as a doctor/patient, and am always interested in how others handle it. I'm glad Call #1 went well... I know how back NICU call can be. Congratulations on getting back up on that bike!

David Loeb, MD, PhD

Lisa said...


Thanks for your ever kind comments. It is interesting merging the doctor and patient thing.